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Canada for president: Can the US learn from the north?

20 September 2012 Last updated at 01:20 BST

As Barack Obama campaigns to win a second term, and Republican Mitt Romney fights to stop that, two comedians are trying to convince Americans to choose a real outsider as the next US president.

In their satirical book America, But Better, Brian Calvert and Chris Cannon are asking Americans to choose Canada - not a specific Canadian but rather the entire country.

Brian Calvert, who plays the Face of Canada in a series of viral YouTube videos, and writer Chris Cannon argue that their homeland already leads the US when it comes to quality of healthcare and education.

The BBC joined them during a campaign stop in New York City where they explained why they think the US has much to learn from its northern neighbour.

Produced by Anna Bressanin; camera by Ilya Shnitser